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In the live broadcast of the historic passage of the green comet from Earth

In the live broadcast of the historic passage of the green comet from Earth

His conquest of space is currently underway “Alien” green comet In a field where it can be seen from the ground.

The “strange” green comet, C/2022 E3 (ZTF), which has been approaching Earth since the time of Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago, has finally approached our planet and is expected to arrive within the next few hours – precisely at 6:00 AM on February 2. At its closest distance (perihelion), about 42 million km.

This is a phenomenon that occurs for the first time today (February 1, 2023) after the ice age and the extinction of Neanderthals. The feature that makes it unique is the green light it emits.

The comet was discovered by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) Observatory in California in March 2022. The comet originates from the distant Oort cloud in our solar system’s orbit and is estimated to complete an orbit around the sun every 50,000 years or so. Most comets are composed of ice, dust, and gas, and comets usually follow long elliptical orbits around our star. As they approach the Sun, its heat turns the comet’s ice into gas and dust, creating the “come” that encircles its solid core, as well as its massive and spectacular “tail.”

Images of C/2022 E3 so far reveal that it has a greenish tint, which is thought to result from its chemical composition, particularly the presence of diatomic carbon, whose molecule emits green light when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light.

Since mid-January, the comet — which has been steadily gaining brightness since last year in November — has become easier to observe with powerful telescopes or binoculars, and recently it has become bright enough to be visible even to the naked eye, at least from dark regions of clear skies and without light pollution. In January, amateur astrophotographers captured a strong solar “wind” tearing off part of a comet’s tail.

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